Questions tagged [dual-boot]

Refers to booting more than one operating system on one computer and not using virtualization or containers.

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No bootable device USB 2.0 MacBook Pro mid 2014

I've been tearing my hair out the last couple days trying to get Windows installed. I have a MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch mid 2014. Yosemite version 10.10.1. Win 7 64 bit iso (sha1 - ...
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Is it possible to use Boot Camp with Windows 10 from an external HDD?

I need to run Visual Studio on my MacBook Pro and I need Windows to do that. The easiest and well known way to install Windows on a Mac is by running the Boot Camp app on the Mac and let it do what's ...
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Boot camp install of Windows 7 issue, no bootable devices

So I have a 2010 15" macbook pro (MBP6,1) and I replaced the optical drive with a hard disk. I wanted to install windows 7 on the hard disk with boot camp with a USB and ISO image. After searching I ...
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Data Not Backed Up, Partition Type: FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF

I was trying to install Linux on my MacBook for class when I bricked my computer, which now in an unbootable state. I made my partition too small, so I was going to delete and create a larger one. ...
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Installing Ubuntu on Mac with macOS and Windows already installed

I have a dual-boot MacBook Pro late 2013 with macOS Sierra and Windows 10 (BOOTCAMP) already installed. I want to install Ubuntu as a third OS. Is there any (easy) way to do it? > Disk Partitions:...
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iMac disk partion FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF and fusion drive unlinked

I was trying to uninstall linux mint and was trying to restore the partitions back to one. Somehow I ended with the one of the partition labeled FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF. This are the ...
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How can I triple boot MacOS Catalina , Ubuntu 18.04, and Windows 10

I currently use the mid-2014 MacBook Pro. I have read the similar questions asked but as I don't have much technical knowledge I thought I should create a new question. Device History I had ...
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Triple Boot: “Missing operating system” on Windows 7 partition after Ubuntu installation

I tried to install Ubuntu (without rEFInd) and followed this article on how to achieve that on a dual boot Mac (macOS and Windows): Installing Ubuntu on Mac with macOS and Windows already installed ...
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Partition Type : FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF

I know this has been asked on here before, and similarly to the others I have not backed up my data... I found this duplicate and got lost in the answer and didn't want to mess too much with the ...
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Reclaim hard drive space from deleted partition and reclaim Apple bootloader

I had my system dual-booted with Ubuntu 14.04. However, I found myself not using it enough to warrant the storage space. I deleted the ubuntu partition and the ubuntu swap partition. However, am now ...
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What are the sector sizes on Mac OS X?

I read on the HFS Plus Wikipedia page that the default sector size on a Mac is 512 b. However, I also read that Macs support 4kb sectors. How can I determine which I have, 512 b or 4 kb sectors? I ...
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How can I tell OSX NOT to mount some of the drives in my computer?

I have a Mac with a Windows drive that I occasionally boot to. Most of the time, I'm using the Mac, and the Windows disk always mounts and shows up on the desktop. I would like to keep it from showing ...
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Linux on Macbook, dual-boot, without rEFind

Is it possible to install a Linux distribution on a Macbook Pro partition and do a dual boot, without installing rEFind. Thanks!
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Lost Windows Bootcamp boot entry after resizing the partition

I have a 2011 iMac that I had used Bootcamp utility to install Windows 7 on. I got overzealous and tried to triple boot Windows, Mac and Linux on the iMac. I no longer need Linux on this iMac but the ...
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Dual Boot Created a New Volume

I created a second bootable volume called "Beta" in order to install the macOS Catalina beta. I successfully installed and booted to this new volume, but when I returned to the first volume (which has ...
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MacBook filesystem FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF after deleting linux partition [duplicate]

So I have MacBook Air late 2015. I’ve been using bootcamp for a while. Yesterday I installed rEFInd to use triple boot for Linux. Made partition for Linux. Later I decided to delete this partition ...
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Yet another corrupted partition table on macOS Mojave

I've seen a couple of posts on here addressing similar issues. Since I don't have in-depth understanding of what went wrong I have to describe what happened in my case and hope you'll help me. Thanks. ...
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Install Mavericks on second partition in Yosemite-only system?

I have a 2012 MacBook Pro (so yes it's capable of Mavericks). I have only Yosemite currently installed on the drive. I have an app I need to run that does not seem to properly support Yosemite, so I ...
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Prevent Spotlight from indexing external drive

Sometimes I use an external drive with macOS on it. This is in conjunction to my current internal drive which also is running macOS. I find it annoying that, whenever I search for something (such as ...
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Bluetooth keyboard not working after update to Windows 10

I updated my (native) bootcamp instance to Windows 10 from Windows 8.1, but now the apple bluetooth keyboard doesn't seem to work anymore. The bluetooth screen says 'driver error' on the device. I've ...
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Is it possible to have multiple filevault2-activated partitions on one disk?

What I would like to have: A disk with the following systems on it: OS X 10.8 (FV2-encrypted) OS X 10.9 (FV2-encrypted) Windows 7 When I try to start FV2-encryption on my secondary partition, OS X ...
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Installing dual boot Sierra and Kali-Linux

I'm trying to install a dual boot with Kali-Linux 2.0 on my Macbook Pro (mid July 2016) running MacOS Sierra 10.12 I format my usb key to exFat and a guid partition. Then with the dd command I burn ...
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Is it possible to dual-boot Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion?

I want to try out the new version of OS X (Mountain Lion), but since I'm so comfortable with my current installation of Lion, I do not want to do a normal upgrade and install/customize all my programs ...
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Triple boot on Macbook Air with external SSD

I own a 2015 Macbook Air running Mojave. I plan to triple boot Mac, Windows 10, and Linux by installing them (Windows and Linux) on an external SSD and booting from there. Preferably, I don't want to ...
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Unable to boot into Mac OSX after updating dual-boot Ubuntu, Partition Type FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF

On my Mac OSX Mojave machine.. I installed Ubuntu 18.04 to attempt to dual boot on the internal Apple SSD. Worked for a while, but after some updates to Ubuntu... hitting the power button boots up to ...
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Windows 10 on 2011 Macbook: is audio fixable?

I've been trying to install Windows 10 on an early 2011 Macbook Pro. It's not officially supported, but I read everywhere it can be done. There are some troubles though. I have successfully installed ...
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Corrupted macOS partition after GParted

I followed a tutorial to create dual boot with macOS Sierra 10.12 and Kali-Linux 2.0. I created a bootable USB drive and booted on a Kali-Linux live session in order to use GParted and resize my ...
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How to resolve messed up GPT (FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF) from Ubuntu without data loss

I was having Ubuntu installed along with MacOS Catalina. I need windows for project work so I decided to create a partition and flash windows in it... Doing this I messed up and there was showing no ...
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How to boot into internet recovery mode with rEFInd installed?

I have the bootup manager rEFInd installed on my Macbook. The key combinations for recovery (Command R and Command R+I) just boot into rEFnd's bootloader. At this point in time holding the option key ...
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Read-only HFS+ on Windows 10 with boot camp driver question

I've been searching around on the internet for a while trying to answer this question, but I can't get a clear answer for it. Background info: I'm running El Capitan with a Windows 10 partition on my ...
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Mac Mini 2010: DualBoot (BootCamp) OSX Mavericks + Windows 8.1

Before Mavericks I had a BootCamp dual boot configuration with Lion and Seven x64. That was fine but, because I replaced the hard drive with a SSD model, I took a chance to set as the newest ...
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Boot into Mac from Windows after failed Bootcamp

Don't hate on me too much for this one... I put Win8 on my Mac Mini using Bootcamp, and all was well. I switched back and forth a couple times between the two with no problems. The problem started ...
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Triple boot on MBP 2019 (T2)

My goal was to install onto a 2019 Macbook Pro (with a T2 chip) : OS X Catalina Windows 10 Pro (1) Windows 10 Pro (2) I managed to do so by using Bootcamp for the first Win10, and a bootable USB to ...
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Replace windows installation on Macbook pro with Ubuntu

I have a MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010) running OS X El Capitan with dual boot Windows. I would like to replace windows with Ubuntu 18.04. The command disktil list shows: #: ...
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Kali Linux auto boot

I have just installed Kali Linux in a separate partition of an iMac with wireless keyboard and mouse and with rEFInd. When I turn on the Mac it boots into Kali Linux automatically and doesn't ...
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Messed Up APFS/Bootcamp Partition Table

I messed up my partition table after trying to get Windows 7 Boot Camp installation bootable after being unbootable using option/alt on start up. Back Story At some point a few months ago, I had ...
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Shift key damaged how to disable it at boot? [duplicate]

I recently spilled water on my computers keyboard, and as a result the left shift key seems to be stuck in the on position. This means that the system always boots into safe boot unless I hold down ...
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How can I boot my dual-booted Mac back to OS X?

I have a MacBook Pro and run Windows XP on it too much however I cannot remember how I can open the MacBook Pro with OS X on instead of Windows XP. How can I boot back to OS X?
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Triple Boot Mac/Win10/Ubuntu: how to restore original copy of Windows EFI to ensure boot to Windows still works

Not a duplicate - this is a new, sub-question regarding the steps in the answer here: https://apple.stackexchange.com/a/375863/4018 I followed the steps in that question, however, after completing ...
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Is there a way to change the icon(s) or text from the Apple Startup Manager on the new Macbook PRO 2019?

I have a MacbookPro16,1 (2019) configured in dual-boot (MacOS Catalina 10.15.3 and Windows 10). I would like to change the icons presented on the Mac Startup Manager and, if possible, the text as well....
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How to restore Startup Manager Bootcamp option to point at Windows partition - GRUB overrided Startup Manager when Ubuntu installed

For getting macOS, Windows 10 and Ubuntu as boot options at start up, I: ran Bootcamp to install Windows 10. The result was macOS and Windows options available as boot options - when the option-key ...
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Install Windows 10 on MacBook Pro 8.1

I want to install Windows 10 on a MacBook Pro 13" 2011. I don't nessearly need macOS installed on the machine. Win10 single boot would be fine. I have a bootable WIN10 USB Installer. I tried to ...
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Two Bootcamp installations: first one on Internal HDD and second one on external Thunderbolt 2 SSD

after following this detailed guide I've stuck at point 5. which did not make my external 5TB HDD to boot, no "Install Windows" nor "Windows" shows in boot selection menu: bless --...
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Used boot camp for windows - cannot select partition at boot up

I'm used boot camp and created a partition for windows. It gave the usual directions to insert windows CD. I did that and follows the installation instructions. When windows started up I inserted the ...
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Boot problem on dual-boot MacBook Pro

Can anyone help me restore the original boot 'order' on my Mac, using command-line? I wanted to install Ubuntu on my Macbook Pro Retina (early 2013), so I could run some specific software I needed ...
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Mac alternative boot loader for booting legacy OS from USB

I am trying to install Windows 7 on my MacBook as a dual boot setup. I have a MacBook 7,1 running Mavericks. I have replaced the DVD drive with a SSD (now have 2 internal drives) so cannot use a ...
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Force BootCamp to use GPT

I have installed BootCamp manually to the last partition on my SSD /dev/disk0s13. It works, no problems, but every time I manage my partitions from OS X (or any other OS that is not Windows), the ...
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Is it possible to install 2 windows under 1 mac?

I don't want to use virtual machine software because of performance issues. So I want to use Mac and has Mac OS. And from time to time use Windows, but I want to install 2 Windows (because I need to ...
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Dual-booting Linux, cannot view images, some text or buttons

I was trying to boot 4 linux OSes (using rEFInd): Kali, Ubuntu, Mint and Elementary on my 2015 MBP. Both Kali and Ubuntu would not boot at all and Linux Mint and Elementary would boot however some ...
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Wierd problem after doing a triple boot OS-X, UBUNTU 20.04, KALI-LINUX

I've successfully did a triple boot on my Macbook-pro but somehow even after creating separate EFI partitions, all my grub files ended up in the first EFI partition. So I separated them manually. ...